Spotted: Breton Stripes

Did you know that our beloved Breton striped tee was originally worn as a uniform for French navy seamen in the 1850s? The original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napolean’s victories. And it wasn’t until Coco Chanel introduced the stripes as part of her 1917 nautical collection, that it became associated with Parisian inspired style. How is that for a bit of history? Whether it be a classic tee, a dress, a sweater or a crop top, or even an organic version, we can’t get enough of blue and white stripes. Oui, oui!

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(our favorite Breton striped tees found here, here, here and here; images via Refinery29, Anouk Yve, Atlantic Pacific, Stockholm Street Style, Style Bistro, Vogue.com, Tommy Ton & The Sartorialist)

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18 Comments

  1. Chantel wrote:

    Nice top.

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  2. María wrote:

    This is the best piece of clothing in the world. It combines with everything, and you can adapt it to any occasion and style. Love the post.
    xx

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  3. Sarah wrote:

    Obsessed with stripes! Thanks for the inspiration on how to wear them 🙂

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  4. Lauren S wrote:

    Breton tees always work, they are a saviour in a fashion dilem and also in looking very spring holiday-like – fab post !
    Lauren x
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  5. Lauren wrote:

    It’s so versatile you can wear them with everything
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  6. Steph wrote:

    Love these! I think just about everyone I know has something with Breton stripes 🙂

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  7. simple and fabulous styling!

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  8. We like so much this navy trend, in spring stripes appear and in summer stay!

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  9. Stephanie wrote:

    So, I love stripes, and I doubly love Breton stripes. And I really loved almost all of these looks. But I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the overalls….especially those overalls. There’s just a lot going on there, and I’m not sure it’s all working together.

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  10. Lena wrote:

    I love me a good Breton stripe top. It’s so versatile. I practically sleep in mine!

    Lena xoxo
    http://www.qualityrivets.blogspot.com

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  11. I love the look of white and navy stripes! I have a few white tops with navy stripes, but the one I bought last time was a maternity top and I didn’t even notice until I got home… oops!

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  12. Corazón wrote:

    Those stripes are classic, but the wedges in the first picture are killer! Where can I find them?
    Xoxo, Corazón
    http://llipstickwithcoffee.blogspot.com/

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  13. Lara wrote:

    Yo soy una fanática del estilo navy y de los estampados a rayas en general, bonita selección de looks. besos

    http://laragarabatea.blogspot.com.es/2014/04/tendencias-estampado-de-lunares.html

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  14. Courtney wrote:

    I love thin stripes like this! Something about them is very Parisian to me!

    http://www.loveandclothing.com

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  15. Love how stripes go with every style. Classic.

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  16. Simple yet so effective. Must-have essential.

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  17. Mun wrote:

    I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of black and white stripes…

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